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Latest from Joe Kelley

    Mega retailer Bed Bath & Beyond stops selling black jack-o’-lanterns amid complaints that they are another form of blackface. News 12 in Westchester, NY, reports that a New York law firm bought the fake pumpkins to decorate their offices and later removed them following a complaint from the local chapter of the NAACP.  Wilbur Aldridge, the regional director at the NAACP, said in a statement that the pumpkin design “shows an extreme lack of sensitivity.”   “By now I would believe everyone [would] know that anything in Black face is offensive… Equally as offensive is that a retail store would have such an item in [their] inventory for general purchase,” the statement read, according to News 12.
  • Some people will do anything for a 'like' on social media. A staircase in New York City has become an unlikely landmark after it was featured in the movie 'Joker.' Fans are flocking to the location, in the Bronx, to recreate scenes from the movie, and locals are taking to social media to remind people the area might not be the safest. The stairs are located at 167th Street in the Bronx, and were also heavily featured in promotional materials for the film. One Twitter users wrote, 'Those awful stairs on 167 are now renamed 'the joker stairs' [on Google Maps] so I just want to remind everyone that the Bronx is not a friendly place for tourist attractions you will get robbed beloved.
  • Women are attracted to smooth talkers who drip with confidence-- both traits of psychopaths-- according to a new study. Brock University researchers found the higher a man scored on a test for psychopathic traits, the sexier women rated him after viewing a short video of him. The theory is that psychopathic men may use their charm and exciting personality to gain trust and desire, but those things ultimately mean nothing as the psychopath's goal is only selfish pleasure. Researcher Kristopher Brazil explains, 'The old cliché of getting to know someone may well be one maxim to live by to protect oneself from getting into a relationship with a psychopathic individual.
  • Different people find different things romantic. A wedding cake recently made at Shady Maple Market in East Earl, Pennsylvania was the shape of a deer, sitting down. Cake decorators say it took ten hours to create the deer. The bride and groom came in with a pair of plastic antlers and asked the bakers to design a cake 'to fit the antlers.' The head and neck of the cake are carved from Styrofoam, but the entire back part of the deer is made from cake-- enough for 250 wedding guests. No word on why the unidentified bride and groom wanted a deer cake.
  • Taco Bell appears to be coming out with chips made out of their cheddar cheese. Instagrammer @CandyHunting posted a photo of the product packaging, and writes, 'New Taco Bell Cheddar Crisps in Fire, Mild, and Nacho flavors will be out in stores soon! I tried the Mild flavor. It was quite tasty.' The product will allegedly be available in stores like 7-Eleven and Target, but when they'll be released is unclear. Currently, the brand has different flavors of Tortilla Chips up for sale in retail locations. App users can see Taco Bell chips here. 
  • How does something like this happen? No one noticed that an amusement park ride resembled a swastika in the initial sketches of the ride.  Nor did they notice in the blueprints.  Nor the computer design program.  Nor in the test runs.  We’re supposed to believe that NO ONE noticed the amusement park ride resembled a swastika until someone posted the pictures on social media?? A new ride at the 'Tatzmania' amusement park in the Black Forest town of Löffingen in southwest Germany was shut down this week for a design flaw that has nothing to do with safety.  After a video of 'Adlerflug' (German for eagle's flight) was posted online, people quickly pointed out that the ride's eagle-shaped cars are connected to the structure's axis at an angle that strongly resembles a swastika, the notorious symbol of Nazi Germany. APP USERS CAN SEE VIDEO HERE.  (MORE)
  • A Florida man wants to sell a ‘fully functioning’ F-16 fighter jet that was acquired from Jordan.  And this jet is not a stripped down model, but a ‘fully functioning’ used fighter jet, an F-16 Viper.  The 1980 multi-role fighter jet, which has an $8.5 million price tag, is being offered alongside two other F-16 Vipers, according to The Drive, an automotive website that also writes about defense topics.   This is not your average “used” fighter jet — the plane is a fully functioning combat aircraft and not demilitarized.   Jet Lease, a private aircraft leasing and purchasing company with offices around the globe, purchased the used aircraft from Jordan, which acquired dozens of secondhand F-16s from NATO allies Belgium and the Netherlands between 2008 and 2017, The Drive reported. The aircraft can reach a maximum speed of Mach 2.05 at 40,000 feet, or nearly 1,573 miles per hour. It has a maximum range of 2,400 miles and an initial climb rate of 62,000 feet per minute, according to Jet Lease. APP USERS CAN SEE VIDEO HERE.  (More from Fox News)
  • Disney is looking for parents, and non-parents, to apply to be on its 2020 Disney Parks Moms Panel. Applications open on September 5th, and close September 12th. Last year, applicants were required to submit an autobiography and personal photo and/or video to be posted online, and to have visited either Walt Disney World or Disneyland at least once in the last 12 months. Once on the panel, Disney expects you to answer 10 to 20 questions a week from potential park visitors, and invest at least 20 minutes into each query. Those lucky enough to make the cut will get a free Disneyland or Disney World vacation for themselves and up to three family members. Also, applicants must be able to travel to Disney World in Florida December 11th-15th for training, and must leave family and friends at home for that. Visit here for details.
  • How you use emojis apparently says something about your personality. Researchers at The Kinsey Institute analyzed two studies and determined that people who frequently used emojis went on more first dates over the last year, had more frequent sexual activity, and were more likely to enter into a relationship with a person they dated and/or slept with. There were some limitations to this study, but researchers say the findings suggest that 'people who use emojis more often may be better at forming connections with others,' and that people who use the tiny pictograms may be more emotive in general.
  • This a novel item to try and get on an airplane. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reports that a passenger traveling through Washington's Paine Field airport tried to bring a knife, shaped like a gun, through security. The six-inch gun-shaped weapon was found on August 6th, and taken from the passenger. The TSA posted about it on its blog, quipping, 'Maybe this passenger was on the fence about bringing a knife to a gun fight.' APP USERS CAN SEE IMAGE HERE. 
  • Joe Kelley

    News Director

    Joe Kelley has joined the staff of News 96.5 as News Director and host of Orlando's Morning News. Joe comes to Orlando from News 96.5’s sister-station KRMG in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he also held both positions.

    Joe has been recognized many times over for his successes as an on-air radio personality and community leader. He has received awards from Radio and Records Magazine, Radio Ink Magazine, the Dallas Press Club, and Las Vegas Women in Communications, the Tulsa Press Club, the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters and more. In 2007, Joe was named to the "Top 40 Under 40" achievers in Tulsa People Magazine, The Journal Record Newspaper and the Tulsa Business Journal.

    More than just a broadcaster, Joe has been a writer for Tulsa Kids Magazine since 2005. His monthly column focuses on the observational humor he enjoys while raising his three young children with his wife of 16 years, Nicole. Joe's now featured in Orlando Family Magazine with his Twitter MoMENts column.

    Joe has been active in the Rotary Club and has served on the board of directors and as sergeant-at-arms. Joe is also a long-time volunteer, board member and former chairman of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma. Joe has raised more than $1.4 million in the last 7 years for Make-A-Wish.

    Radio was a calling for Joe.

    Literally.

    His broadcast career began in 1982, in the small southeast Texas town of Nederland.

    The phone in his high school journalism class rang. The teacher was out of the room at the moment, so Joe reached for the phone.

    “Hey, you wanna be on the radio?” the voice on the phone asked.

    Unbeknownst to Joe at that moment, on the other end of that phone line was a 30-year-plus career in broadcast journalism.

    Calling was a local radio station program director in need of free help.

    Joe jumped at the chance.

    For most people, opportunity knocks.

    In Joe’s case, it called.

    And while his initial introduction to radio was entirely unexpected, Joe's ascension to his level of professional success is quite deliberate and the result of three decades of thoughtful and creative performances on award-winning radio stations across the country.

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The Latest Headlines You Need To Know

  • President Donald Trump said Wednesday in 'a major breakthrough' he is lifting all sanctions against Turkey. >> Read more trending news  The sanctions were imposed last week. Turkey will stop combat and the ceasefire will be permanent, the President said. 'We have saved the lives of many, many Kurds,' Trump said. 'We've done something that is very, very special.' Trump said Turkey and Syria must keep the peace.  'It's their neighborhood. They need to take care of it,' Trump said. 'Let someone else fight over this long bloodstained sand.' The president said a small number of troops would remain in Syria to protect oil interests. Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted there was 'Big success on the Turkey/Syria border.' 'Safe Zone created! Ceasefire has held and combat missions have ended,' Trump tweeted. Turkey and Russia reached an agreement Tuesday, installing their forces along the border of northeast Syria after U.S. troops that were withdrawn from the area, The Associated Press reported. On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Sochi, Russia, and revealed a 10-point memorandum about Syria, CNN reported. According to the memorandum, Turkish military and Russian military police will patrol the border. The United States was not included in the negotiations.
  • A Missouri man recently fired from his job at Arby’s for allegedly setting fires returned Saturday to the restaurant, where police allege he mutilated and decapitated a cat in the men’s restroom. Tanner Maggard, 19, of Lee’s Summit, is charged with second-degree animal abuse and second-degree property damage, according to online Jackson County court records. The animal abuse charge, which involves abuse by torture and/or mutilation while the animal was alive, is a felony. >> Read more trending news  WDAF in Kansas City obtained the court documents, including police reports that allege Maggard went to Arby’s on Saturday and placed an order before going into the restroom. When he came out, the records show, he asked the manager, “Oh, I see you remodeled the bathroom, huh?” Maggard went back into the restroom a short time later and was still in there when the manager went in to clean it. The manager told police he could hear Maggard in a stall, coughing and gagging. The manager left the restroom, followed by Maggard a short time later. Maggard went outside, the court documents say, according to WDAF. When the manager returned to finish his cleaning, he found a mutilated and decapitated cat on the diaper changing table in the stall where Maggard had been, the news station reported. Blood covered the walls, door and toilet. The manager told officers he went outside, where he spotted Maggard sitting in his truck, waiting to see his former boss’ reaction to the scene he had left behind, the court documents allege. Maggard then drove away. The records show that responding officers who processed the scene in the restroom did not detect the odor of decomposition, which indicated that the cat was recently killed, WDAF reported. Maggard repeatedly denied knowledge of the cat’s demise when questioned by detectives, the news station said. The restaurant did not have security cameras in place.  The restaurant had to replace the changing table and toilet in the stall and repaint the walls, the documents say. Online court records show Maggard was booked into the Jackson County Jail with bail set at $10,000. Maggard appeared to have bonded out as of Wednesday, according to jail records. Maggard is not allowed within 1,000 feet of the Arby’s. He is also not allowed to have contact with domesticated animals, the records show.
  • We told you about the Kitty Beautiful Cat Cafe earlier this month, now they're looking to hire young adults on the Autism spectrum. This new Orlando cafe is looking to give Autistic adults a big step towards independence. Heather Strauss is a co-owner of the cafe and a mom to two Autistic kids.  “I want to help take care of other people’s kids, kind of like how I want to take care of my own.” Strauss told me about the Autistic employee she just hired. “His parents started to cry, same way I would’ve. It just means the world because as a parent of kids on the Autism spectrum you’re always fighting for your kid, you’re always fighting for opportunities.” Autism disorders specialist, Kimberly Snoeblen, describes what makes Autistic people such great assets to the workforce.  “They have great abilities. They will be the person that’s always on time. They will be the person that follows the rules to the nth degree.” The Kitty Beautiful Cat Cafe will be having its grand opening the weekend of November 1st. Until then, Strauss plans to set up more young Autistic adults for success.
  • The search goes on for the man who a woman said grabbed her while she was jogging along the Northlake Parkway Trail in Lake Nona. According to the Orlando Police Department, the woman was on a run around 6:30 a.m. Sept. 23, when a man came behind her and touched her buttocks and her shoulder.  Police released a composite sketch Wednesday. They said detectives worked with the woman to create it.  Investigators said the man is described as Hispanic and in his early 20s. He stands 5 feet, 8 inches and has black spiky hair.  Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.  No other details were released.

Washington Insider

  • Denouncing the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump undertaken by Democrats in the House, several dozen GOP lawmakers stormed into a secure hearing room in the bowels of the Capitol on Wednesday, demanding that the proceedings be made public, and delaying a scheduled deposition involving a Pentagon official for a little over five hours. 'We're going to go, and see if we can get inside,' said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), as a group of several dozen Republicans pushed their way into the room, unhappy with how Democrats are handling this investigation. 'This is very unfair to the President,' said Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ). 'The American people deserve a public and open process,' said Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), as Republicans prevented three different committees from moving ahead with Wednesday's hearing. Those interrupting the proceedings included Republican lawmakers who are allowed into the secure hearing room - because they are on one of the three committees involved in these closed door depositions - Intelligence, Oversight, and Foreign Affairs. Democrats labeled the sit-in a political stunt that smacked of desperation. 'Trump wanted a foreign government to investigate his political opponent,' said Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH). 'That is a crime.' “Today's circus-like stunt will delay but it will not prevent our search for the truth about the president’s stunning misconduct,” said Rep. Val Demings (D-FL). 'GOP 'storming' a classified deposition was a ridiculous stunt,' said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). Democrats also criticized the GOP effort for violating rules on security, as a number of Republican lawmakers brought cell phones into the secure facility, which is prohibited.  It resulted in officials having to conduct a sweep of the rooms, to make sure no electronic devices had been left behind. 'You may wonder why is it happening now?” asked Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA).  “Because Bill Taylor gave a devastating opening statement yesterday. They're freaked out. They're trying to stop this investigation.” Taylor is the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine - he testified Tuesday before investigators, making the case that President Trump was withholding military aid for Ukraine in a bid to get the Ukraine government to publicly announce investigations which might help Mr. Trump's re-election bid. In a tweet on Wednesday afternoon, the President took direct aim at Taylor. Reports indicated the President may have been told by allies in the U.S. House of their Wednesday plans. “This looks awfully like obstruction,” said Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA). After ordering some pizza and refusing to leave the room known as a SCIF - Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility - GOP lawmakers moved on after about five hours, as Laura Cooper, a deputy assistant Secretary of Defense began her testimony around 3:15 pm.